What should be your City Council's goals for 2016?
What should the City Council focus on in 2016? Share your ideas with your City Council!
On January 9, the City Council will meet to set their goals for 2016. In preparation, the Mayor and Council are inviting the community to participate and provide input via open City Hall and at an informal Open House.
The Council Open House will be held on Thursday, January 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Palisades Building (1500 Greentree Road). The Council invites you to drop in, visit with Councilors in a relaxed setting at round tables, have a treat, and share your thoughts for the upcoming year.
- What do you want the Council to focus on in 2016?
- What issues or opportunities should the Council keep in mind as they set goals for 2016 and beyond?
- Are there goals from the previous year that they should continue to work on?
The City Council’s Goals for 2015 included:
- Adopt changes to the development code by June 2015 to implement the reform of regulations on “sensitive lands.”
- Convene a community dialog on the tree code to identify better ways to meet the intent of the code while responding to residents’ desire for less stringent regulation; review the tree code overall.
- Infrastructure –
- To the extent finances are available, invest in a street maintenance program that will, over four years, result in attaining and maintaining a Pavement Condition Index of 70.
- Develop a financially feasible plan for a community facility (library services, meeting rooms, police presence) in Lake Grove in conjunction with the Boones Ferry project.
- Build funds through a set-aside in the operating budget to complete major repairs to the exterior walls and windows of City Hall.
- Identify strategies for making it safer and easier to walk and bicycle in neighborhoods. When planning for major road resurfacing projects, include cost estimates for associated paths and/or sidewalks.
- Long-term: Complete new or expanded Police/LOCOM facilities, upgrade the Operations Center, and complete Boones Ferry improvements.
- Consider the feasibility and options for a bike/pedestrian trail on or near the Willamette Shoreline Trolley right‐of‐way
- Streamline the development code to make it more business-friendly and resident-friendly, while still maintaining community standards.
- Build the tax base in the General Fund by supporting business investment in Lake Oswego. Also, complete property acquisition and actively market the North Anchor properties in a manner consistent with the East End Redevelopment Plan.
A full list of the Council’s adopted goals and policies are online at http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/citycouncil/2015-city-council-goals-and-policies.
Thank you for your thoughts and comments.
January 9, 2016